Manufacturing is Vibrant and Vital in America
Pilat is the Deputy Director for the Office of Advisory Committees within the
International Trade Administration. She oversees the Manufacturing Council as
well as a number of other private-sector advisory committees.
and streetcars. Photovoltaic cells, cars and steel. Cardboard boxes,
pharmaceuticals, linens. A vibrant manufacturing sector isn't just critical for
the millions of Americans whose jobs depend on it, but is also absolutely
central to driving the innovation that fuels the American economy. It is that
belief that led U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to appoint the private sector
members that comprise the 2010 – 2012 Manufacturing Council.
Manufacturing Council serves as the principal private sector advisory committee
to the Secretary of Commerce on the United States manufacturing sector and
advises the Secretary on matters relating to the competitiveness of the
manufacturing sector, and government policies and programs that affect U.S.
Locke recently designated Joe Anderson, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of
TAG Holdings, LLC as the Chair of the Manufacturing Council and Chandra Brown,
President of United Streetcar and Vice-President of Business Development and
Government Relations of Oregon Iron Works as the Council Vice-Chair.
next Council meeting will be held in Clackamas, Oregon at the United Streetcar
facility, where members will discuss the free trade agreements with Panama and
Colombia, ideas for energy policy to support manufacturing, and educating and
training the workforce needed to fill today’s available manufacturing jobs and
those that will drive the future of American manufacturing. You can read more
about the past work of the Council, on their website:
is a key industry in the revitalization of the U.S. economy and the growth of
U.S. jobs. The United States is the world’s largest manufacturing economy,
employing nearly 12 million Americans in the production of $1.6 trillion in
manufactured products, representing 18 percent of the worlds manufactured goods.
The work of the Council supports these goals by providing invaluable industry
insight into the federal policymaking process.
members represent a broad cross section of the industry and include steel,
textile, superconductor and solar panel manufacturers both large and small.
Their products support a diverse range of industries such as the auto,
aerospace, apparel and energy efficiency sectors.
week, the Council will begin an application period seeking applications to fill
two existing vacancies on the Council. Commerce is particularly encouraging
applicants from the high-tech or bio-tech manufacturing and alternative energy
manufacturing sectors. Once posted, the notice will be available here www.manufacturing.gov/council.